Samsung Galaxy S Duos Review

Call Quality:

For a dual-SIM device, this is expected to handle a lot of calls, and that’s why call quality is of topmost importance. The mic here is of average quality, with our biggest gripe about it being that it picks up a lot of side noise. The earpiece is nice and pretty loud, but sound could have been clearer.

Battery:

With a battery capacity of around 1,500 mAh we didn’t have any issues getting through the day and more on the Galaxy S Duos. Talk time is rated at 12.8 hours on 2G, and 8.7 on 3G.

Conclusion:

The Samsung Galaxy S Duos is first and foremost a dual-SIM Android device, and should be judged as one. Let’s make it clear - if dual-SIM is not a must for you, there are much cheaper and better options than the S Duos.

In the dual-SIM world, its closest rivals are the HTC Desire V coming at virtually the same price and the more affordable Acer Liquid Gallant Duo. The HTC phone is thinner, but for the most part matches the S Duos, so it’s a matter of picking between HTC’s industrial design and Sense skin, and the utilitarian Samsung plastic with TouchWiz.

On its own, the Samsung Galaxy S Duos is a solid mid-ranger. We were disappointed by the lack of 720p video recording, and slightly unhappy with the thicker than average body and cheap plastic. On the flipside of things, the device handled itself well, with smooth performance for the most part, and meeting our expectations in most areas. And this outweighs its cons for the most part.

Samsung Galaxy Duos Video Review:



Pros

  • Dual-SIM functionality well implemented
  • ICS runs fairly smoothly

Cons

  • Plastic on it feels very cheap
  • Single-core processor is dated
  • No 720p video recording

PhoneArena Rating:

7.7

User Rating:

5.9
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21 Comments

1. jeethendrab2r

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 15, 2012

nice device

2. Nathan_ingx

Posts: 4769; Member since: Mar 07, 2012

For India, it will be successful...outside Asia?? I don't have much hope!!

6. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

I dont think that it'll be a success in India too as its nearly $310 in India which is dangeorusly close to somy xperia sola which is somewhat better than this.. sola has better camera with hd video recording,dual core,NFC,e.t.c

19. XperiaPrince

Posts: 108; Member since: Dec 25, 2012

I have used the s-duos of my friend and the cam is better in shooting still shots than my sola.But sola has better video recording.And ICS with TouchWiz is laggy but I installed nova on it and it works fine.

3. slaggyb

Posts: 218; Member since: Oct 19, 2011

Samsung making phones at random..sooner or later they will run out of names to give this phones.. Smh!

4. PhansMuneeb

Posts: 371; Member since: Jan 28, 2012

ICS is very laggy on it...

7. kartik4u98

Posts: 511; Member since: May 19, 2012

how can u say?? do u have the phone??

5. pegasso

Posts: 285; Member since: Nov 27, 2011

smartphone with dual SIM cards and native video call support is a rare breed. so i'm going to get one as soon as it become available in ny country.

8. gelsseans

Posts: 1; Member since: Oct 25, 2012

can you please check and let me know if this device support offline map ? i mean can i download map frrom google map and use it without GPRS . i heard that latest version of Google map support offline caching ... can you pleasse confirm ifs working with this device... i really need to know this please reply

9. Glenville

Posts: 1; Member since: Nov 07, 2012

Can one get GPS position- longitude & latitude in degrees minutes and seconds with this phone?

10. Samsomesh

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Its not laggy phone... And compering with xperia sola is useless... Sola is expensive than s duos..

11. Samsomesh

Posts: 195; Member since: Jun 11, 2012

Its not laggy phone... And compering with xperia sola is useless... Sola is expensive than s duos..

12. AngryBird

Posts: 1; Member since: Dec 19, 2012

can you please check and let me know if this device support offline map ? because i would like to travel in my provice but i need the GPRS. i heard that latest version of Google map support offline caching ... can you pleasse confirm ifs working with this device... i really need to know this please reply

13. maxspecs

Posts: 37; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

@phonearena i need your experience and recommendation, I am a man who cares only about processor, cpu, gpu and i want the cheapest phone possible to provide that. so would please make an article about cheap but yet powerful phones with a list in ascending order for increasing price and processor power. sorry for troubling and have a happy new year!!! :)

14. maxspecs

Posts: 37; Member since: Aug 29, 2012

the writer said that there are non-duos phones with the same price tag and are better offerings so anyone can give me some examples please

15. sunil4uing

Posts: 1; Member since: Jan 15, 2013

Apart from camera, Useless mobile. Very slow. cant play games smoothly. gets hanged while playing games and especially u cant play temple run smoothly in this mobile. battery life is also poor.

16. SUNIL1978

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 28, 2013

It is worst and useless phone, It does not support many softwares which are being supported by cheap android phones, i bought this and within 2days i went to dealer, service center and mentioned to CEO to change for upper model but they say, why did not you check at time of purchase, even google mail is not working well, skype some times otherside is unable to hear.

17. billyken2006

Posts: 1; Member since: Apr 11, 2013

my browser is really really slow and cant even access High Speed Data connection

18. me0613

Posts: 10; Member since: Apr 04, 2013

Seems like a decent device for a dual-SIM.

20. suraj1

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

the samsung galaxy s dous very hang pices they lagging very badly what it the solution of s dous laggig plzz help me...... how to partition of sd card in samsung galaxy s duos reply fast and help me guyzzz,,,,,

21. suraj1

Posts: 2; Member since: Nov 04, 2013

how to increase ram of samsung galaxy s duos
Galaxy S Duos
  • Display 4.0" 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera 5 MP / 0.3 MP VGA front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon S1, Single core, 1000 MHz
  • Storage 4 GB + microSDHC
  • Battery 1500 mAh(8.66h 3G talk time)

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